Public Relations, Media & Advocacy (PRMA) Update

With male sexuality, power, privilege and non-consensual sex offenses continuing to make headlines, I'm pleased that AASECT has been able to provide some much needed insight to the Media, particularly when unequivocally clarifying that the abuses we've been seeing do NOT constitute sex addiction nor is sex addiction therapy a valid way of conceptualizing treatment for these offenders and their offenses.

Mentors Needed - AASECT Mentoring Program!

Greetings AASECT Members!  Are you looking for professional guidance or advice within the AASECT community? Are you interested in helping mentor less experienced sexuality professionals? If so, consider joining the new and improved AASECT Mentoring Program! 

AASECT Statement - Charlottesville

On behalf of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), we are heartbroken, disappointed, outraged, and horrified by the recent displays of racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and violence in Charlottesville. We recognize that white supremacy is not limited to this historical time or place. We also recognize that bigoted actions such as those displayed have deep and lasting impacts on us all, including our students, patients and clients.

AASECT 2018 Annual Conference Theme

Hello from your conference co-chairs!  We are excited to share with you the conference theme for 2018, Bridging the Divide: Shedding Light on the Taboos and Pleasures of Sexuality. While it hasn’t been too long since the last conference, we’ve been hard at work reviewing evaluations and implementing your feedback into the Denver programming.

AASECT 2017 Award & Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2017 AASECT Award and Scholarship Recipients!  The following recipients were presented with their awards at the 2017 AASECT Conference in Las Vegas on June 17. 2017. Please join us in congratulating them for their contributions to the field of sexual health!  Distinguished Service to AASECT Award: Jo Marie Kessler, MS, NP, CSE, DST          

Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST, author of The Wheel of Context

Sara Nasserzadeh, PhD DipPST, author of The Wheel of Context for Sexuality Education was created as a practical framework to ensure that educators, advocates, and researchers in the field of sexuality education maintain a holistic perspective on a selected number of key contextual factors that may influence, hinder or catalyze our work. The Wheel of Context may also help provide a greater appreciation for the communities we serve and ultimately lead to more desirable outcomes for our programs or projects.

AASECT Summer Institute Recap

We are just home from the 2017 AASECT Summer Institute and we are happy to report back that it was a huge success! We started off on Day 1 with a (non-AASECT, yet well-known) national speaker, Robert Taibbi who covered the fundamentals of supervision.  We followed with our process group, led by Gretchen Fincke and Sally Valentine. Moving into Friday we began with Peggy Kleinplatz, talking of Transformational Supervision, who blazed in to change the whole tone and tenor...we were on a fast roll from there that carried us through Sunday!

Public Relations, Media & Advocacy (PRMA) Committee Update

The last year has been an exciting one for PR, Media and Advocacy (PRMA). One highlight was releasing our position statement regarding sex addiction and getting so much support within AASECT as well as from the media. We received considerable coverage from over 20 major publications, including USA TODAY, New York Magazine, SELF Magazine and Esquire Magazine.